You may want to stop and read Roofing Contractor editor Chris King’s blog dated November 7, 2008. Chris brings your attention to some pending legislation that may, on the face of it, not seem to hit so close to home.
may want to stop and readRoofing
Contractoreditor Chris King’s blog dated November 7, 2008 (www.roofingcontractor.com/CDA/Articles/Blog_Chris/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000463727).
Chris brings your attention to some pending legislation that may, on the face
of it, not seem to hit so close to home.
Employee Free Choice Act (H.R.
800, S. 1041) of which King writes has
been a topic of discussion among many conservative pundits and the talk radio
circuit during the recent presidential election. (President-elect Obama
co-sponsored and voted for the Employee Free Choice Act in 2007). For most of the highly fragmented world of roof
contracting this would seem to be one of those things that “…will not affect my
roofing business.” Well, maybe you better think twice.
the American workforce takes the leap back into the ranks of organized labor as
predicted, many of the rules of engagement in the construction trades will
follow. For commercial roofing contractors, that may not mean you will be faced
with union organizers (most roofing companies would not show up on their radar
screen). What it may mean, however,
could be choosing between keeping one of your key clients and taking your shop
union, or walking away from some good business. Problem or opportunity? Depends
on how you look at it; but by all means…look at it.
Chris’ blog points out, this will be one of the key topics discussed at the
upcoming International Roofing Expo (www.theroofingexpo.com).
This may not seem the kind of economy where you leave town for three days to attend
an expo in Las Vegas,
but I firmly believe the opposite is true. This is THE TIME to stop what you
are doing and connect with the industry to learn what is going on in the
roofing industry and bring in some fresh ideas for your enterprise.
Damato of The Day Is ... "Collateral Damage"
By Rick Damato
Rick Damato is the editorial director of Roofing Contractor. He has held a number of posts in the roofing industry since 1974 and has contributed to the magazine since its inception in 1981. He can be reached at 770-331-7858 or on Twitter @RoofsByRick.